Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon
Here are two beloved creatures stationed outside my door, guarding against vermin, watching for general misbehavior, and greeting all who enter. They are ambassadors for our little community in Northeast Portland. I'm not sure where these feral kitties came from, but it's clear that these scrappers have made their home in the urban jungle and are content to remain wild.
What does your community do about feral cats? It's a confusing issue. Here in Portland, Oregon we have the Feral Cat Coalition organized by a group of veterinarians who have come up with an innovative trap-neuter-return program to reduce the number of strays in our city.
Developing a mobile veterinary hospital, the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon enables caregivers who are feeding strays to humanely trap animals, get them spayed or neutered, and then after recovery return them to the streets. The program works on the premise that if you remove a group of cats from a food source a new group will move in to take over, so trapping and euthanizing animals at shelters isn't an effective solution.
Whatever their chosen lifestyle, these street smart friends are hard to resist, and each morning I find myself peeking outside my window to see what they've been up to out in the wild.